Many people take great care when securing their homes but pay little attention to the security of their sheds, garages or outbuildings that are often used to store valuable property.
Ensure your shed is in good condition and would stand up to a security test. If not, take steps to improve it or don't leave valuable items such as lawn mowers, golf clubs and bicycles inside.
Secure your shed
Use a closed shackle padlock not less than 2.5 inches in width, made of hardened steel with no less than five pins. A standard small padlock with hasp can easily be forced or cut by bolt cutters.
The fittings should be bolted through the door of the shed and reinforced at the back with a steel plate.
The hasp should have concealed screws or coach bolts fitted.
Use the lock at all times.
Protect glass by fitting a grille or strong wire mesh to the inside of the window and fit locks to any window that can be opened.
Prevent anyone seeing into your shed by placing curtains or other coverings over the window or blacken out with paint.
Make sure that you can see your shed from the house. If it is obstructed from view a thief has a better chance of breaking in without being seen.
Mark valuable items with Smart Water.
Much of the advice for garden sheds also applies to garages. In addition you should consider fitting:
As well as making your property secure as you can also make it difficult for a thief to get it. Here are some simple steps: